Please Help Stop Dog Fighting

I just got the plea below in my email and I plan to attend. (New York is one of the worst states for dog fighting, I read.)  Coincidentally, the National Geographic show Dogtown is airing the episode Saving the Michael Vick Dogs tonightwhich is about the efforts of the organization that emailed me below.

Dear Best Friends Network Members,

Seven members of a New York City dog-fighting ring are scheduled to appear in court September 8 for a hearing on charges of animal fighting, promoting gambling, and possessing animals for fighting.

This is an opportunity on one of the biggest stages in the world to show our resolve to rid the world of dog fighting.

“It is important there is a large turnout,” says Regina Massaro of the Spay Neuter Intervention Project (SNIP), a member of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC Animals.

She is urging citizens who oppose dog fighting to “join together and seek justice.”

Thanks for all you do to help animals, always.
The Best Friends Network


Where: Bronx Supreme Court Criminal Division
265 East 161st Street
Bronx, New York
(718) 618-

When: September 8 at 9:00 am

If I’m understanding the email, it will be in the courtroom of Justice Steven Barrett.

Public Transportation Directions
Take the C, D or 4 train to the Yankee Stadium/161st Street Station.
Take the BX 6 or BX 13 to East 161st Street & Sheridan Avenue; the BX 1 to East 161st Street & Grand Concourse.


If you can attend, contact SNIP at and try to bring signs, posters, banners or photographs.

If you can’t attend, please write a letter to the Bronx District Attorney and forward by email to Regina Massaro will hand deliver it. Please thank the Bronx District Attorney, Assistant District Attorney Jacob Kaplan and Justice Steven Barrett. Request the defendants be held accountable for their actions and receive the maximum sentence allowed by law.

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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3 thoughts on “Please Help Stop Dog Fighting

  1. Please join SNIP and other animal rescue organizations and individuals on September 8th. Together, we shall “fight” for justice on behalf of the Bronx dogs and all animals who suffer at the hands of cowards.

  2. Oh yeah, that DogTown show about the Michael Vick dogs was heart-breaking, but hopeful in that we can do something about this and save these poor dogs.

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